[quote=EnterTheBowser]I can hardly reasonably deny that there are some atheists that are unreasonable in their position. I mean, I could try for some “no true Scotsman” position, but I bet I’d get called on that one. But if we’re having a thread on the issue, it might be nice to see some evidence of the phenomenon you’re describing.
Well, I’m not just thinking of atheists alone here, as I wrote in my OP. Anyone can remain fixed in a position, telling him/herself that they are being reasonable when they are doing nothing of the kind. I’m also speaking from several encounters, not necessarily those on this board at this time (besides, it would be unfair of me to drag anyone by name into the conversation). I’m sure we’ve all seen those who simply will not accept any evidence that may disallow what they want/don’t want to believe–a failing of human nature that isn’t always a matter of character, so no one can judge.
As to the evidence from nature, I see beauty, organization, “programming” in everything. It’s like the universe was and is still being programmed by Someone who has a goal in mind and a reason for everything that we can only understand if we believe that all is for our ultimate good. It takes a bit of faith to come to that conclusion, but there is no real evidence against this conclusion.
You see, I start out with the knowledge that belief is a good thing in and of itself, like rejoicing at the birth of a child even though he may turn out to be a serial killer or looking upon the passing of a saint as a good to be thankful for, knowing that someone has gone before us who believed in and lived according to the virtues faith, hope, and charity.
To doubt out of some principle known only to the doubter seems rather close-minded to me or rather not fair-minded. If we take in all there is and look at it as a cohesive whole, I believe that takes us to belief in God. Not because that will make us happy, but merely because that is the way it is.